Food Writing Tips: Aristotle on Writing

By Thursday, April 26, 2012 Permalink 0

by Jonell Galloway

Since the April 20, 2012, #futurefoodwriting live Twitter chat was such a success, I’ve decided to start posting writing tips from time to time. I’m thrilled so many people are interested in improving their writing.

The first quote is not about food writing in particular, but about writing in general. It applies to food or blog writing, or to any other kind of writing. One could say the same about the second quote: always seek to make your writing better. Check it and check it again. If you’re still not sure, have someone else you trust read it. Making excellence a habit, of course, relates to whatever we do in life, not just writing.

To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.Aristotle

Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.–Aristotle

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a ...

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 B.C.; the alabaster mantle is a modern addition.

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Bill Daley: More reference reading for #futurefoodwriting Twitter chat on Friday, April 20, @RamblingEpicure

By Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Permalink 0

One of our panelists from the Chicago Tribune, Bill Daley, has just added another article to the reading list for our Twitter chat @RamblingEpicure at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, April 20, 2012, about the future of food writing, hashtag #futurefoodwriting.

Food lends itself to good writing because, as M.F.K. Fisher so famously wrote long ago, writing about food often means writing about “other, deeper needs for love and happiness.” In defense of her craft and her subject, she declared: “There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk.”

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Bill will be on hand Friday as a panelist to answer readers’ questions about the future of food writing.

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